“Stress” is a term used to describe how your body reacts to changing, often unpredictable, conditions. Stress-provoking situations may involve anything from caring for an aging parent to dealing with a chronic illness, or from being stuck in heavy traffic to facing a snarling dog. Chronic, prolonged stress can be
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There’s no shortage of drinks, foods, and supplements promising a quick burst of energy. Problem is most give you a jolt and follow with an energy crash. An occasional extra cup of coffee may not be harmful, but if you’re constantly reaching for a sudden energy boost, it’s time to
There’s no shortage of drinks, foods, and supplements promising a quick burst of energy. Problem is most will give you a jolt and follow with an energy crash. While an occasional extra cup of coffee may not be harmful, if you’re constantly reaching for an energy boost, it’s time to
We need the same amount of sleep in older age as we did in our younger years, but we often don’t get it. Unfortunately, this can cause health problems—as noted in one of our cover stories this month, which looks at new research suggesting that poor sleep as we age
Muscle spasms happen due to the sudden contraction of a muscle: The affected muscle pulls tight and may also feel harder than usual.
Muscle spasms can range from minor (for example, the leg or foot cramps you might experience at night sometimes) to more serious (lower back muscle spasms that
As researchers have learned more about diabetes and how different types of foods affect normal glucose levels, they have placed more emphasis on diet as a component of diabetes management. Scientists and dietitians have developed various meal planning methods, sometimes called medical nutritional therapy or MNT, designed to help you
“Stress” is a term used to describe conditions ranging from the burden of caring for an aging parent or dealing with a chronic illness to the irritation you experience in heavy traffic. You may find that you can cope effectively with temporary or mild stressors in your life. But even
If you have been hospitalized with heart failure, were you referred to cardiac rehabilitation at discharge?
Chances are, you weren’t. A study of more than 105,000 heart-failure patients at 338 sites participating in the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure program found that only one-tenth of eligible patients were actually prescribed cardiac
When arthritis pain flares up, do you immediately reach for an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever? Millions of Americans rely on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs – Advil®, Motrin®, Aleve®), aspirin or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to self-treat aches and pains. Although these medicines can ease achy joints, taking too much of them can
Q. I’m thirsty most of the time. What might be causing my thirstiness?
A. Short-term thirstiness is usually a result of fluid loss when you exercise and perspire, or a byproduct of eating salty foods, not drinking enough fluids, vomiting or diarrhea.
But persistent thirst that develops for no apparent reason